This review is more aimed at the 'Femail' section of the Daily Mail Online which can usually be found down the right hand side of the screen whilst you are generally trying to read something 'interesting' (hmmm)...
In one day I counted 30+ stories with headings such as:
'Just like any other Mum. Cate Blanchett dresses down for a day out with baby Edith, her husband Andrew Upton and two of their sons'
'Tana Ramsey parades her fit physique in skin-tight gym kit as she leaves SoulCycle class with her four children'
'I don't sleep with clothes on' Emily Ratajkowski reveals she likes to get naked in bed...to watch Game of Thrones'
'Out of this world! Chrissy Teigen and Demi Lovato radiate in skin-baring attire at Samsung Galaxy launch'
...plus many more!!!
Take away words such as 'toned figure, gym bunny, cleavage, revealing, slim physique, racy lingerie, skin baring' etc. and these stories basically consist of the following: a woman goes shopping, a women puts on underwear, a woman goes to the pool, a woman takes a photograph of herself, a woman goes to the gym, a woman takes her kids out, a woman sleeps naked, a woman goes to a party, and so on. This morning I was chuffed when I woke up and realised I'd lost over 15 lbs, but, looking at those pictures took away the joy of that because let's face it I'm never going to look like Heidi Klum. Take away the drivel in these 'stories' about how the women look and I can't help thinking that the Daily Mail must think that this sort of 'news' is all my tiny, uneducated, female brain can handle? Sort it out!!!
I don't often read newspapers but do read a large amount of news every single day. I do this by using the daily mail website (known as the mail online).
The website has a good layout that is easy to navigate through. The main news stories are at the top of the page and then as you scroll down there is a box on the left hand side with other stories. On the right hand side are pictures with a short summary of a story but these tend to be lighter stories such as celebrity gossip.
If you keep scrolling down you can get news stories from all over the world, these tend to be quite large stories in those countries but not so large in England. Below that there is a weird and strange section with random stories that can be quite entertaining and then finally the sport section right at the bottom.
I find the writing to be of a very good quality on the website, it isn't very challenging yet at the same time it isn't too simple. It has just the right blend. At the bottom of each article you can submit comments on what is said in the article and then people can click an up or down arrow to say whether you like their comment (up) or dislike it (down). This can be quite fun but from time to time you do see the odd comment on there which overreacts to someones comments and is quite rude to them. This in itself can be quite entertaining to see how passionate people get about certain issues!
The pictures on the website are also of a good quality but more often than enough they have one main picture that is very relevant and the further down the article you get the pictures become less relevant but the use of frequent pictures makes the articles easier to read as it isn't just large bits of text.
I often read news on here and then hear about it in the news on TV the following day or a good few hours later. It shows that the daily mail is very quick with getting news uploaded and is one of the first to report it.
It's much cheaper than the paper version (as it is free) so why not give it a try and see how you like it! Much recommended!
A forum I belong to usually quotes articles from the Daily Mail, so I decided to check out the online newspaper for myself. After reading it for a few weeks now, I decided to write this review.
Unlike The Times, the Daily Mail is still free. If you just want to hear about the stories and form your own opinions then the Daily Mail is there. Remember that it is free, so you get what you pay for...
-Clear comments section
After The Times decided to start charging for use, I looked elsewhere. I LOVE reading the comments on website, but many online newspapers I looked have their comments hidden away or don't have an empty comments section. The Daily Mail's comments section is right under the article instead of being hidden away in a separate area.
All media is biased because everyone is biased at some point. The Daily Mail does not even try to hide it's bias. The paper seems to hold grudges against homosexuals, Muslims, illegal immigrants, and other 'ethnic' minorities at times. They try to draw you to useless information, like a star's sexuality, when there are more important issues at hand. They even jump to disgusting conclusions, like when their report suggested that a homosexual singer died from AIDs, when he really died from natural causes.
It is irritating to find an article that has only been written to plug an author's book. These articles usually revolve around issues that aren't news to anyone e.g. divorce, eating disorders, etc. Instead the Daily Mail tries to put these people on a soapbox and then advertises their book at the bottom of the article.
-Celebs > politics
I would not visit the Daily Mail for sophisticated news reporting. If you want the latest celebrity gossip, with no guarantees that the report is true, then this newspaper is ideal. Even their homepage features entertainment over the news.
-Dodgy comments section
Sometimes the comments section displays the number of comments but not the actual comments. When you try to read the comments in the forum, it is also a dead end because the website says there are no comments to view. This is irritating when you want to read other comments and want to post your own.
Despite signs of ignorance, discrimination, and bias, I still visit the Daily Mail every day. Instead of reading their drivel, I stay in the Comments section to see what others are saying. I tend to agree with what the Readers are saying, so I just ignore the reporters. If you love entertainment gossip more than news then this newspaper is for you, but don't expect a healthy balance between the two. The paper does not charge for online use, so don't expect high quality reporting for a free service.
Here goes... out of all the newspaper websites there is one that I click on more than the rest... www.dailymail.co.uk; not because I'm a bigot, a homophobe or a racist, but because I think that the site is interesting to read.
I think this website combines news (if you can call it that) and showbiz gossip well. I also like the features that appears about topics ranging from how to deal with the mothering law, to issues surrounding abortion and euthanasia.
However, in all honesty I don't understand how anybody can take the news stories in on this website seriously, I mean some of the 'news items' are ludicrous - but that's why I like it. I find that me and my colleagues (who are incidentally all journalists), frequently rip stories from The Daily Mail apart and sometimes I find it difficult to understand how they can even claim they write news!
I am occasionally outraged by the website, when I read Jan Moir's column about Steven Gately a few months back I was so horrified that I complained (and I've never complained about a television programme or a piece of media output before in my life). When issues like this occur I do wonder why I bother with the website.
Also I think that some of the readers are complete idiots, sometimes I read the comments people leave in utter disbelief. Last week there was a story about a poor girl who had passed away during cross country race, so what did the good old Daly Mail readers comment about? The fact that she was called Rhianna - the debate was surrounding why the child had been named after the popstar. A) She obviously wasn't named after the star because she was 10, and B) The poor girl had died - that was the issue!
The stories and features are usually written to quite a high standard, however instead of reporting the core facts the website has a habit of running with opinion. I find that mildly amusing, because how a national newspaper can get away with doing it so blatantly is beyond me.
I think there is a place for The Daily Mail in the deflated newspaper industry, but if you believe everything you read on there, sorry but you are a complete idiot!
Dear Dooyooers, I've got a secret that I have been keeping from you, one that I simply must share; My name is Denise and I read the Daily Mail website. There, now that my dirty little secret is out in the open and those who know that I am a bit of a leftie are either gasping in horror, have marked me down as a right wing extremist or are simply pointing and laughing I can tell you all about the "news" paper.
The Daily Mail is a right wing rag which contains very little news and seems to exist solely to whip middle England into a frenzy every day. The Daily Mail put their own slant on the news of the day and often mis-report the stories to put their political point across. If you were to use the Daily Mail as a source for learning about what was going on in Britain today then you would panic about the state of the country, in DM land Britain is under siege and their way of life and values are being eroded on a daily basis. The people the Daily Mail see as responsible for the destruction of life as we know it are many and varied, they include illegal immigrants, legal immigrants, Polish people, Muslims (especially the woman who wear the veil), single mothers, working mothers, schools, Gypsy Travellers, political correctness, the human rights act, hoodies, working women, the obese, the NHS, and council planning departments. I'm sure I have missed a few hated groups out of that paragraph but the Daily Mail also have an important campaign running against another object which they see ruining the Great British landscape and that is the humble wheelie bin. Personally I quite like my wheelie bins (I have three in black, blue and brown) as they keep my rubbish safe and secure and are rat proof but the DM don't let common sense get in the way of a good campaign.
I am going off on a tangent here but people who think the Human Rights Act is a terrible thing and want to see it banned should actually go and read the act for themselves and then tell me which of the rights in the act they would like to forego themselves. Yes, there are some terrible decisions made in courts on the back of this act as there are with British laws but all of the good decisions don't get reported as they don't make such sensational stories or fit the DM ideology that Europe is trying to destroy Britain.
I have told you who the Daily Mail does not like, the list of who they do like is much smaller. They seem to approve of a very narrow group of people which includes middle Englanders especially if you are male, stay at home mums (as long as they are married don't claim benefits), law breaking pensioners, select members of the royal family and the BNP. The fact they can't come out and openly support the BNP is obviously a sore point for the Daily Mail since they are both hate filled institutions run by right wing bigots but if you read the comments section then it is obvious how the average DM reader will support on voting day.
The fact that the Daily Mail hates women means that the fact that they have a section called Femail devoted to the fairer sex does not make any sense. In this section you can read misinformed articles about the latest health scare and convince yourself you are going to die, learn about what a bad mother you are, watch Amy Winehouse self destructing, fawn over Kate Middleton or catch up on the size of Princess Beatrice's thighs and learn that she looks terrible in a bikini. Essentially the Femail section is a gossip column or trashy magazine masquerading as news.
The Daily Mail don't let facts or the truth get in the way of a good story, I recently read a book called Bad Science and a huge part of the book was devoted to how the Daily Mail misreported popular science stories. A recent example of this is the MRSA health scare, now if you were to read the Daily Mail you would know that as soon as you enter a filthy NHS institution then you were liable to be infected by this superbug. What the DM don't tell you is that MRSA infections have been falling, that a third of us actually carry the bacteria that cause MRSA on our skins and even sterilising hospital wards wouldn't change that fact. The DM regularly misreport science and medicine articles by twisting the statistics, for example telling you that eating X doubles your risk of cancer means nothing out of context, when you realise it doubles your risk from 1 in 1000000 to one in 500 000 then you would not panic so much.
Another strange obsession that the Daily Mail have is Suri Cruise, hardly a day goes past without a story about this three year old. Poor Tom and Katie are obviously terrible parents according to the DM as they little Suri either goes out with bare legs, is carried too much, wears the wrong shoes, has the occasional tantrum and has a wardrobe worth £2 million so is obviously a spoilt little madam. These stories are probably a paedophiles dream and the ongoing obsession with a three year old child is pretty disturbing and I'm sure that it must be against some kind of journalism code of ethics to have the paparazzi stalking a toddler day and night for the titillation of the DM readers.
My favourite part of the Daily Mail website is the comments section where readers are invited to leave their thoughts about the stories of the day, there are times that the ill informed nonsense printed makes me want to hold my head in my hands and cry at the state of humanity but it is also the section of the paper where you can have a little bit of fun. There is a new sport which is called "taunting daily mail readers" and now that foxhunting has been outlawed it is one of the few places where it is legal to torture dumb animals and the DM crowd take the bait every time. To annoy the average Daily Mail reader is fairly simple, write a comment on a story which suggests gypsies are in fact human, that political correctness is a good thing, that the hijab is a stylish form of dress or that immigrants make a positive contribution to British life and they will soon rebel by giving you red arrows next to your comment and leaving replies.
I never buy the Daily Mail in print form, the fact that great swathes of forest are destroyed to print this rag is something that Greenpeace should campaign against but the website provides me with quite a bit of amusement. It does not inform or educate me in the way that a newspaper should and makes me despair that I live in a country which seems full of bigots who are constantly looking over their shoulders in fear of everyone who is not white and middle class but reading this "newspaper" is a bit of a guilty little pleasure which I don't intend to give up anytime soon.
Description: Online version of The Daily Mail newspaper
I have been introduced to the Daily Mail online quite recently and it has become a bit of a guilty pleasure. I am an avid reader of the BBC news online, and rely upon them for most of my news. However, there is something slightly addictive about the Daily Mail site!
Don't get me wrong, I am not going to suggest that you believe everything that you read on this site, however, if you are looking for some entertaining scandal and hilarious photo's, then this is definitely the site for you.
Want to see photo's of Katie Price/Peter Andre? Interested in what the Loose Women do on a night out? Got a crush on Cheryl Cole or just want some X Factor gossip? You don't need to look any further, check out the Daily Mail online and satisfy your curiosity.
They don't just have celebrity scandal, there are also the main stories that are in the headline, some heath related, some political etc. On the whole though, I think that you are likely to get a better understanding of the serious stuff from the BBC. That doesn't mean that the Daily Mail isn't entertaining though and a fun site to skim through while eating your lunch - just don't take it too seriously!
3 stars for entertainment value from me - and I do recommend that you have a look, just for fun. :-)
My name is Joy and I'm a Daily Mail reader.
There, I've said it. Gosh, that feels like a weight off my shoulders as I have felt burdened with this knowledge knowing how many people feel about this newspaper! In actual fact I don't buy the Daily Mail, I read their online version because in the main I enjoy their coverage of the important events of the day without the frivolousness found in The Sun (which I also read!).
If you go to www.dailymail.co.uk and have a look round you'll see it's a very simple and straight forward site which tends to concentrate on 'real' news, as opposed to informing the general public about what colour underwear the ghastly Katie Price is wearing today or discussing the merits of the equally ghastly Russell Brand.
The home page is exceptionally well laid out with the main news stories listed as headlines complete with a photograph and brief snippet of text to give the reader an idea of what the article is going to be about. It's very simple to scroll through and find the stories that interest you without being bogged down by advertisements and non-news stories, which are the very bane of my existence when I approach The Sun Online to find out what is occurring in the world.
I don't always agree with the stance the Daily Mail takes, of course I don't. They err on the side of racism fairly frequently, are generally homophobic and if the blame can be laid on an immigrant then the Mail will certainly lay that blame and jump on their soapbox at the same time. Their views can be rather extreme and it's for this reason that I read their online newspaper rather than paying money to have my intelligence insulted with their bigoted views.
The thing is that The Daily Mail do cover stories that interest me, I enjoy the majority of their editorials and the articles are far more thought provoking than other tabloid newspapers. By using the online service I can scan the list of stories and decide which ones I want to read, if I see the words 'an illegal immigrant' or 'gay Cecil Thompson' then I tend to ignore those articles and go straight to the 'feral youth' ones! Yes, that really is the tone of conversation of this online newspaper and quite regularly I see why the British public generally feel such contempt for this publication.
The website itself is well maintained and the layout is very simple to navigate. There are tabs at the top of each page which will take you to Femail (the dull section of the Daily Mail especially for women, whoopee doo!), Money (the dullest section of any newspaper I've ever come across) and Sports to name but a few. Personally I don't tend to use the tabs as the most interesting and up to date articles are always on the home page and will remain there for at least 24 hours so there is little in any of the subsections to interest me. And the inclusion of a jam recipe in today's Femail section had me rolling my eyes at just how out of date the Daily Mail is!
The website is fairly speedy to load each page which is surprising when you think about what a huge site this is. It very rarely crashes and is updated as soon as a new story hit's the headlines, occasionally they get the news even before the rolling news channels and that's no mean feat in this technological age.
On the whole the website is well written, whether you agree with their comments or not I don't think you can find fault in the writing skills of their journalists. I like the fact that the majority of their articles are full length, unlike The Sun where sometimes I'll be immersed in an article only to scroll down to be told that I need to buy the hard copy of the newspaper in order to read the full story. If I had to make a criticism it would be that the home page looks a little cluttered as they try to steer you to as many articles as possible all at once, this usually doesn't cause a problem but sometimes there is so much information that if I'm looking for anything in particular then I sometimes am overwhelmed and have trouble finding it.
I do enjoy reading the comments section that can be found underneath the majority of the articles as the debate is usually so much more interesting and intelligent than the 'Wot a slappa' comments that can usually be found in The Sun. Often times these debates are more interesting than the article itself, although unfortunately the comments are by Daily Mail readers who tend to have the same views as the newspaper itself.
By writing this review I realise I am laying myself open to attack but please let me reassure you that I do not agree with many of the views of the Daily Mail, and I certainly don't condone their frequent attacks on the minorities of this country. I will not, however, apologise for my reading habits as I find this website generally intelligent and informative and will continue to use it for my news fix throughout the day.